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Wellwater Conspiracy

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
The 1960s revisionism continues on Wellwater Conspiracy's self-titled effort, its fourth LP overall and first for Mega Force. Matt Cameron drums/vocals/guitars and John McBain guitar/bass/keyboards joined on keyboards here and there by the Walkabouts' Glenn Slater have made a record that might be more cohesive than past WWC output, but only because it never drifts too far from pretty melodies. What's really obvious here is the comfort inside these songs. If your band wears its psychedelic and pop influences like flowers in its hair, is it pretentious to cover Thunderclap Newman's era-signifying "Something in the Air"? Maybe, if Cameron and McBain didn't bookend their ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
The 1960s revisionism continues on Wellwater Conspiracy's self-titled effort, its fourth LP overall and first for Mega Force. Matt Cameron drums/vocals/guitars and John McBain guitar/bass/keyboards joined on keyboards here and there by the Walkabouts' Glenn Slater have made a record that might be more cohesive than past WWC output, but only because it never drifts too far from pretty melodies. What's really obvious here is the comfort inside these songs. If your band wears its psychedelic and pop influences like flowers in its hair, is it pretentious to cover Thunderclap Newman's era-signifying "Something in the Air"? Maybe, if Cameron and McBain didn't bookend their version with two of Wellwater's most freewheeling instrumental departures. The robotic "Rebirth" suggests Trans Am's backroom electronica with its sputtering, chintzy-cool keyboards and live, grooving drums, while the improvisational "Sullen Glacier" features lurching time signatures and fire-breathing stoner metal guitars. The bandmembers are comfortable enough with one another and confident enough in their skill to throw switch-ups like these into the mix. Even when the band's inner flower child is blatantly at the controls the spot-on Byrds guitars of "Wimple Witch"; Cameron's vintage vocal on the Who-ish, awesomely named "Dragonwyck", Wellwater Conspiracy steers its peace train down dark indie rock and modernist, experimental paths. The floating "Sea Miner" could be a lost bit of atmosphere from Love, but its unsettling stylistic cloudbursts are akin to the abstract rock impressionism of outfits like the Sea and Cake. This free-form toadstool hopping is indicative of a band unconcerned with financial return on its intellectual investment. Tailoring the sound is out; squashing stuff together is in. Plenty of artists use this approach; too often, it results in a studio-tweaked mess only a producer could love. By keeping things loose and organic, yet ambitious and consistently accessible, Wellwater Conspiracy lets the listener savor some of its referential improvisation.
Rolling Stone - David Fricke
They upgrade the fragrant eccentricity of vintage U.K. flower power -- spaced riffing, spiked-afternoon-tea lyrics -- with modern muscle.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2003
  • Label: Megaforce
  • UPC: 020286199120
  • Catalog Number: 1991
  • Sales rank: 378,125

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wimple Witch (2:39)
  2. 2 Galaxy 265 (2:50)
  3. 3 Night Sky (2:37)
  4. 4 Dragonwyck (3:20)
  5. 5 Sea Miner (4:36)
  6. 6 Rebirth (4:21)
  7. 7 Something in the Air (3:57)
  8. 8 Sullen Glacier (4:27)
  9. 9 Crow Revolt (3:50)
  10. 10 My Darker Bongo (3:45)
  11. 11 Dresden Overture (4:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wellwater Conspiracy Primary Artist
Matt Cameron Guitar, Drums, Vocals
John McBain Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Glenn Slater Keyboards
Greg Keplinger Bongos
Gerry Amandes Horn
Technical Credits
Joan Armatrading Composer
Anthony Braxton Composer
Max Roach Composer
John "Speedy" Keen Composer
Matt Cameron Composer
Chris Hanzsek Mastering
John McBain Composer
Glenn Slater Composer
Carolyn White Computer Editing
George Winston Composer
Wellwater Conspiracy Producer
Gerry Amandes Composer
Chelsea Chiodo Artwork
Joe Greenwald Artwork
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